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Coronavirus news: COVID-19 hit country's economy hard, says President Ram Nath Kovind

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Coronavirus news: India saw a single-day rise of 35,662 new COVID-19 infections, while the active cases increased to 3,40,639, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The active cases now comprise 1.02 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.65 percent, it said.Also, 14,48,833 tests were conducted on Friday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far to 55,07,80,273, it said. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 2.46 percent. It has been less than three percent for the last 19 days, according to the data.Catch COVID-related updates here

Coronavirus news: COVID-19 hit country's economy hard, says President Ram Nath Kovind
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  • Vaccination rate was reduced earlier for creating record on PM's birthday, NCP alleges

    The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday alleged that fewer COVID19 vaccine doses were administered in the last two weeks so that a record could be set on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. On September 17, the prime minister's 71st birthday, a record 2.5 crore vaccine doses were administered in the country.NCP national spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said a valid question that arises is why the Union government could not achieve the same or similar target the next day.

  • Goa sees 123 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, 81 recoveries

    Goa's COVID19 tally reached 1,75,414 on Saturday with the addition of 123 cases, while the day also saw two deaths, taking the toll to 3,292, an official said. The discharge of 81 people took the recovery count to 1,71,351, leaving the coastal state with 771 active cases, he said.

  • Tamil Nadu logs 1,653 COVID-19 infections, 22 deaths

    Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded 1,653 new COVID-19 infections, including a returnee from Maharashtra, pushing the overall tally to 26,43,683, while the fatality count rose to 35,310 with the death of 22 more people. Recoveries were below new infections with 1,581 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,91,480 leaving 16,893 active cases, a health department bulletin said.

  • COVID-19 hit country's economy hard: President Ram Nath Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the Covid pandemic hit the country's economy hard and the government has taken various fiscal measures to alleviate distress and help the poor. Kovind said this at the valedictory ceremony of the National Academy of Audit and Accounts for the Indian Audit and Accounts Services (IA&AS) trainee officers in Shimla.

  • COVID-19: 889 new cases, 14 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka on Saturday recorded 889 new COVID19 cases and 14 deaths, taking the infection count to 29,67,083 and death toll to 37,587, the health department said. The day also saw 1,080 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,13,713.

  • Class XI exams in Kerala to be held from Sept 24 adhering to COVID-19 protocol, says minister

    A day after the Supreme Court allowed the Kerala government to hold physical exams for Class 11 amid the COVID19 pandemic, the state government on Saturday announced that the examinations will be held from September 24 to October 18. General Education Minister V Sivankutty said the exams will be held in the forenoon and strictly adhering to the COVID-19 health protocol.

  • UK to roll out life-saving COVID-19 treatment which was given to Donald Trump

    Thousands of vulnerable health service patients in the UK hospitals due to COVID19 are set to benefit from a lifesaving new antibody treatment called Ronapreve, which was given to former US president Donald Trump. A combination of two monoclonal antibodies, Ronapreve, will be targeted initially at those in hospital who have not mounted an antibody response against the coronavirus.

  • Arunachal Pradesh gets four more oxygen plants

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has inaugurated four oxygen-generating plants, which were set up with money from PM Cares Fund, taking the total number of such units operational in the state to 24, a statement issued here said on Saturday. The plants have been installed in state-run hospitals and medical colleges in the districts of Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Kamle, and Naharlagun, the statement by chief minister's office said.

  • Abu Dhabi removes test rule for other emirates

    The capital of the United Arab Emirates has ended a policy requiring those coming in from other emirates to have a recent negative coronavirus test. Abu Dhabi made the announcement Saturday, saying that people from the UAE's six other emirates could enter the capital from Sunday without getting a test.

  • COVID-19: 50-bed 'portable' hospital set up in J-K's Baramulla

    A 50 bed "portable" hospital, with ICU and oxygen facilities, has been set up in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district in view of a probable third Covid wave and it was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday. The minister did a thorough inspection of the functioning of the "inflatable" medical enclosures, Picture time, a mobile digital movie theatre company, which has set up the hospital at the Government Medical College here, said.

  • AP registers 1,174 new Covid-19 cases

    Andhra Pradesh on Saturday added 1,174 fresh cases to its Covid-19 tally, which now increased to 20,37,353. The latest bulletin said 1,309 recoveries in 24 hours took the total recoveries up to 20,08,639.

  • Cricket-IPL resumes in UAE after COVID-19 disruption

    More than four months after the COVID19 outbreak halted the world's richest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League resumes in Dubai on Sunday with a mouthwatering clash between the IPL's two most successful franchises Mumbai and Chennai.

  • Delhi records 41 new cases, zero death


    No death due to COVID19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, while 41 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. The death toll due to COVID19 in Delhi stands at 25,085.

  • BMC asks people to undergo COVID-19 test on returning to Mumbai after Ganpati festival


    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked people to undergo COVID19 test on returning to the city from their hometowns after the Ganpati festival, as a precautionary measure, an official said on Saturday. The civic body has set up 266 centres offering free RTPCR tests to people who have returned to Mumbai after celebrating Ganpati festival, additional municipal commissioner (western suburbs) Suresh Kakani said. The next 15 days are crucial. The BMC has set up 266 centres offering free RTPCR tests for those who have returned to Mumbai after the Ganpati festival. People will get the test results delivered to their homes, Kakni said.

  • 80 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in country: Health Minister

    India has administered 80 crore COVID19 vaccine doses so far, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday. The countrywide vaccination drive against the coronavirus was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. "Standing tall against COVID19. India administers 80 crore vaccine doses. Congratulations to the nation on this momentous feat," Mandaviya tweeted using the hashtag "WorldsLargestVaccinationDrive".

  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib asked to close over COVID-19 norm violation; DSGMC chief fumes

    The Chanakyapuri district administration has ordered the closure of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib here for alleged violation of COVID19 norms, prompting outgoing Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa to demand action against the officials concerned. The order by the Chanakyapuri sub divisional magistrate (SDM) was issued on September 16.

  • Over 2.90L challans issued for Covid norm violations in Delhi between April 19 and Sep 17 this year

    The Delhi Police has issued over 2.90 lakh challans so far between April 19 and September 17 this year for violation of various COVID19related guidelines, of which the maximum were issued to those found not wearing masks, officials said on Saturday. According to the data shared by Additional Delhi Police PRO Anil Mittal, 2,91,423 challans have been issued for various Covidrelated violations in the national capital.

  • Over 86 percent of Mumbai's population has antibodies against coronavirus: Survey

    As much as 86.64 per cent of Mumbai's population has developed antibodies against coronavirus as per the latest serosurvey, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed on Friday. The survey, fifth since the onset of the pandemic, was conducted between August 12 and September 9, 2021, the civic body said in a release.

  • Over 78 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Govt

    More than 78 crore COVID19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Further, over 33 lakh doses are in the pipeline.

  • Maha: 10 waitresses among 31 held from bar for coronavirus norms violation, obscenity

    Police have raided a bar in Maharashtra's Thane district and arrested 10 waitresses and 21 others for allegedly violating the coronavirus prevention guidelines and indulging in obscenity, an official said on Saturday. The action was taken by the Kalyan crime branch unitIII on Thursday night, Thane police spokesperson Jaimala Wasave said. "Based on a tipoff, the crime branch team raided the bar located on KalyanManpada road and found several members of the bar staff and customers not wearing masks and also flouting the social distancing norm," she said.

  • Abu Dhabi cancels COVID-19 entry testing for UAE travellers

    Abu Dhabi will cancel COVID19 testing requirements to enter the emirate for travellers from the UAE starting on Sunday, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency WAM said on Saturday.

  • Pondy witnesses 128 coronavirus cases, one death

    Puducherry on Saturday recorded 128 fresh COVID19 cases that were identified at the end of examination of 5,004 samples. The new cases were spread over Puducherry 88, Karaikal 32 and Mahe eight.

  • Gujarat administers over 22.15 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses during mega drive; Surat gives highest jabs

    Over 22.15 lakh people were vaccinated against COVID19 in Gujarat during the state government's mega drive on Friday, with Surat administering the highest number of 2.77 lakh doses, an official said on Saturday. As per the figure released by the state health department, a record 22,15,027 people were administered COVID19 vaccine till 10 pm on Friday during the mega campaign organised to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. Surat administered the highest number of 2,77,121 doses among 33 districts, the official said.

  • Many people not turning up for second COVID jab in Odisha: Official

    A top official associated with Odisha's COVID19 vaccination drive has expressed concern over people not turning up for their second dose, a lacuna that is slowing down the exercise in the state. Odisha has administered the first jab to over two crore people so far, while only 69.8 lakh have taken both the doses, the official said.

  • No need for Covid booster doses in India at this stage, say experts


    Will a booster shot provide the turbocharge for Covid immunity that India is looking for? Maybe in an ideal situation where most people are fully vaccinated but not when less than a quarter of the adult population has received both doses, say experts. As the global debate on booster shots gathers momentum, several scientists here said the priority must be to ensure that more people are inoculated with at least their first jab.

  • COVID-hit Chinese city tells residents to stay home as holiday starts

    A city in southeast China hit by COVID19 told residents on Saturday to stay home and closed various venues, as infections spread in the country's latest hotspot during a key holiday travel season.

  • No regrets on book launch, no-one got COVID from that party: Shastri

    India head coach Ravi Shastri says he has no regrets about organising the book launch, which was widely perceived to be the reason for a COVID19 outbreak that forced the cancellation of the fifth Test against England in Manchester. Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar, bowling coach Bharath Arun and physio Nitin Patel were found infected during the Oval Test and when junior physio Yogesh Parmar's test came positive ahead of the fifth Test in Manchester, the game was controversially called off with India leading the series 21. There were reports of people not wearing masks at the event.

  • Schools closed in Leh as Ladakh reports 71 new COVID-19 cases

    All schools in Leh district were closed for 15 days from Saturday after Ladakh reported 71 fresh cases of COVID19, the highest singleday rise in the past over two months, taking the overall infection tally to 20,702, officials said. A majority of the new cases were detected from Druk Padma Karpo School Shey, prompting the District Development Commissioner (Leh) Shrikant Balasaheb Suse to notify the school campus as a co

  • Andaman & Nicobar reports one new COVID-19 case

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported only one new COVID19 case pushing the tally in the union territory to 7,596, a health official said on Saturday. The single COVID19 case was detected during local contact tracing, the official said.

Coronavirus news
: India saw a single-day rise of 35,662 new COVID-19 infections, while the active cases increased to 3,40,639, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The active cases now comprise 1.02 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.65 percent, it said.
Also, 14,48,833 tests were conducted on Friday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far to 55,07,80,273, it said. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 2.46 percent. It has been less than three percent for the last 19 days, according to the data.
Catch COVID-related updates here